BONUS: This edition contains an excerpt from Calvin Trillin's Quite Enough of Calvin Trillin.
Does the Bush Administration sound any better in rhyme? In this biting array of verse, it at least sounds funnier. Calvin Trillin employs everything from a Gilbert and Sullivan style, for describing George Bush’s rescue in the South Carolina primary by the Christian Right (“I am, when all is said and done, a Robertson Republican”), to a bilingual approach, when commenting on the President’s casual acknowledgment, after months of trying to persuade the nation otherwise, that there was never any evidence of Iraqi involvement in 9/11: “The Web may say, or maybe Lexis-Nexis / If chutzpa is a word they use in Texas.”
Trillin deals not only with George W. Bush but with the people around him—Supreme Commander Karl Rove and Condoleezza (Mushroom Cloud) Rice and Nanny Dick Cheney (“One mystery I’ve tried to disentangle: / Why Cheney’s head is always at an angle . . .”) The armchair warriors Trillin refers to as the Sissy Hawk Brigade are celebrated in such poems as “Richard Perle: Whose Fault Is He?” and “A Sissy Hawk Cheer” (“All-out war is still our druthers— / Fiercely fought, and fought by others.”).
Trillin may never be poet laureate—certainly not while George W. Bush is in office—but his wit and his political insight produce what has been called “doggerel for the ages.”
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About the Author
From the Hardcover edition.
Hometown:New York, New York
Date of Birth:December 5, 1935
Place of Birth:Kansas City, Missouri
Education:B.A., Yale University, 1957
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Not everyone is a genius. Even Trillin with his keeness. He makes fun of those who try Trillin couldn't make it, Oh, my! And more nose snubbing horse rot. You too shall fall into the pot. Who make your living shaming Bush Your self is shamed with naked tush.
These poems are both funny and enlightening.
Mr.Trillin is a jewel - what talent! He provided a delightful afternoon's read. You will smile and sometimes laugh out loud at his insightful musings.
A great read for all!!! Then again, when you paint yourself such an easy target as Bush, how can it be anything else but delightful?